Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CYCI#134 Sketch Challenge – Theme Pets!

Dog Bark Retreat

We have left our dog with several different friends and family this year while we have been traveling. It's always nice to remember to thank them especially from our neighbors. While Jazz is well behaved he does tend to bark at each dog that goes by, the mailman, and whatever goes bump in the night. Since retiring we notice his habits and do wonder what he's like when left along.

My daughter and son have taken him to their home for our last vacation. I designed this card with them in mind. It is a thank you card but with a change in the sentiment it could easily become an all occasion card.
This is a print and cut card but also the dog is delivered as individual pieces to decoupage. As a print and cut the dog has 5 layers stacked with double sided adhesive foam to give the 3D affect.

The base of the card has an aperture opening so the dog can be placed on the inside. The sentiment in the upper right corner was printed on the variegated orange card stock.

All the other pieces have been printed and cut but they could easily be cut from different card stock. The colors selected for the frame and sentiment frame were matched to the base color.

The first layer of the dog was a print of the whole dog. Then layers were added with Helmar's Scrap Dots 3-dimensional adhesive. I preferred this method because it allows me to add just the right amount of adhesive to get the effect I wanted. Double sided adhesive foam could be used also.
The final card was assembled, folded and a note written inside ready to mail. This card has been entered in the Several challenges. The design can be purchased at    Craftsuprint- Dog Bark Retreat.

CYCI#134 Sketch Challenge – Theme Pets!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lace Inspired Card Collection

There are now three patterns in this series all available at

Lace Edge Card #01

There are so many beautiful lace patterns that can dress up a card, box or frame. I have been looking for ways to incorporate these patterns into paper doilies, cards and frames. This is the first pattern I created.

The original was a crochet pattern. It was more complex than this with added swirls and a beaded edge. I added the top edge so a 1/8" ribbon could be strung through it. With the SVG file it can be scaled and elongated to fit any need.

Lace Edge Card #1 available at CraftsUPrint

This is the first card in the series using the lace for an over the edge opening. It is backed with a matching shaped contrast piece which makes the lace stand out. I followed through with the looped edge in the sentiment card.

The material used was pearl silver card stock with white 250 GSM used for the lace. The shaped piece is a silver metallic card stock. I used foiled paper for the sentiment and accented the lace with a pale blue 1/8" ribbon tide in a bow.

Lace Edge Card #02

My second design is taken from an edible cake lace. Wow, what and experience it was finding them. I watched YouTube videos on how they are made. Sugar Cake Lace Made Simple

Pretty amazing cake. I used the lace as a starting point for the card. My first attempt was a little heavy so I lightened it with the addition of the small circle in the bands and added a ribbon trim edge. I think this card would make a great compliment to a wedding theme especially if the cake used the edible lace. The card's border could be used to make place cards and thank you notes. Even the wedding announcement could use this as a trim.

The trim is pretty enough that a ribbon is not necessary. Made by combining three layers (white, pink and periwinkle) allows each color to peek through the matching holes. The card base frames the design with the added sentiment echoing the scalloped edge.

Think weddings, anniversaries or any special occasion.

Lace Edged Card #02 available at CraftsUPrint

Lace Edge Card #03

My third design is a derivative of from an Art Deco lace pattern made by "The Fancy Things" ready to use edible lace. I think it looks like water lilies. The design is a take on the original.

As with the other cards, this card can be used for many occasions. This time I made a wedding card. The lace is a little different from the other two. Because of the humidity I was having difficulty cutting small pieces. There are three layers that stack and show through to the other layers. Since this looks like flowers I chose to not do an over the edge cut.

I added some sparkle with glitter stock. The kit does not come with this frame. They are just 1/8" cut strips added to the card to frame the sentiment. There is also a single layer water lily like the center lily that can be used by itself to embellish the inside.

I love the colors I've chosen. Periwinkle with multiple layers of gray and cream pearl card stock. And of course the glitter stock layer. No ribbon this time.

Lace Edge Card #3 available at CraftsUPrint

Lace Card Collection Continues...

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What's with the name?

In 2012 I became a grandma. My daughter asked me what I wanted my granddaughter to call me. I never thought about this. I guess to keep things straight she could call me Grandma Henry. This might confuse her since she has a great grandma. I told my daughter that Gwen would name me. She did, I'm sure with the help of her mommy. I became Gammy and as she got older the "R" was added. Grammy, Grammy, Grammy.

When I retired I began making more cards. Many of them were with her in mind. My specialty is the popup form of cards. That has led me into a lot of research with the hopes of creating a popup book for my grand "children". This includes my nieces children.